MASON — Biker Sunday events seem to go hand-in-hand with Jesus’ teachings about refraining from judging others, mostly because bikers are often judged on looks alone.
“We’re very open and willing to accept people just the way they are…that’s why we’ve got a heart for biker too,” Rochelle Lamm of Soul Harvest Church said.
Soul Harvest Church of Mason is hosting its first Biker Sunday at 10 a.m., July 22 with guest speaker Evangelist Russ Clear, a former WWE superstar and six time world power lifting champion. There will be free coffee and donuts before the service and a bike ride as well as food and entertainment for all ages after the service to coincide with the church’s annual Fun Day Sunday from noon - 4 p.m. at the Mason park.
Clear has also, no doubt, been judged a time or two in his life based on his looks. A six-time world champion in the bench press and the strict curl, Clear has been recognized as pound for pound, the world’s strongest man in an all-natural competition. With stints working as a bodyguard for national pro-life leaders, he has also been an occasional actor, scoring appearances in the television drama “Walker, Texas Ranger,” and a major role in the movie “A Song for Momma.” A former member of the Hell’s Angels motorcycle gang, Clear has been shot in the head three times, and stabbed eight times. He spent over 15 years of his life in correctional institutions, and became committed to Christ during his last six months at the infamous San Quentin State Prison in California.
Choosing to walk away from what could have been a long, lucrative career as a World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) superstar, because, in his own words, “you cannot serve two masters,” Clear redirected his energies for good, and instead dedicated his life to reaching others with the life-changing message of the gospel, presented in a powerful and compelling way. Clear is also a member of the Faith Force and Power Force teams which minister to teens.
Lamm, who had previously heard Clear speak, said despite Clear’s big and burly appearance, “he has a heart and awesome testimony.”
Lamm explained: “Every time I hear his story, it makes me cry. He’s come so far. If we would’ve known him years ago, we would’ve thought Jesus could never reach him…that he was too far gone.”
Lamm said despite all that was going against him, Clear was not so far that Jesus couldn’t reach him which to her means no one is too far gone either.
“Everyone has a chance, no matter what you’ve done,” Lamm said.
Biker Sunday is not just for bikers and everyone is welcome.